I just came back from a RC cruise. I myself have been on 5 cruises all with Carnival and was taking my niece on her first cruise and I choose RC because it was supposed to be a higher level of cruising.... Not the case, the food quality and availability of the food was better on Carnival. The service and friendlyness of the staff was better on Carnival. I am not a party person and my niece is 14 and we were board at times. The daning partys were fun - but only lasted about 1.5 hours. I will be sticking with Carnival from now on.